Squire Sanders Continues Its New York Growth With New Maritime Law Practice

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    New York – Three members of a premier maritime law practice have joined global law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. as the firm continues to expand its New York presence. The new Squire Sanders lawyers are Brian D. Starer, Douglas R. Burnett and Juan A. Anduiza.

    "The maritime practice fits well with our integrated platform, as the practice complements several core Squire Sanders practices including aviation, communications, energy, environmental, international dispute resolution, litigation and structured finance," said firm chairman R. Thomas Stanton. "Squire Sanders believes it’s important for our lawyers to combine in-depth industry knowledge with strong legal expertise in order to best serve the needs of our clients. Our new colleagues have an unparalleled grasp of the regulatory, transactional and advocacy issues facing the maritime industry and other industries affected by maritime law."

    Starer, Burnett and Anduiza have a diverse practice that includes casualty, pollution and salvage; energy, LNG/LPG and cables; intermodal and terminals; maritime and logistics contracts; regulatory issues and government and maritime security; vessel financings; maritime bankruptcies and workouts, including maritime liens.

    "These three lawyers have extensive international experience working with clients with business interests in Europe and Latin America," said Howard J. C. Nicols, advocacy practice area coordinator at Squire Sanders. Starer has been casualty counsel on more than 100 ship disasters worldwide. Burnett has several clients with business interests in Brazil, where Squire Sanders recently opened a São Paulo office, and Anduiza has negotiated international contracts dealing with the purchase of assets in Latin America, international debt collection and construction and asset acquisition for Latin America-based industries.

    "We are among the few US firms with long term presence and experience in Latin America, and our new colleagues’ experience adds to that strong global platform," Nicols said.

    Starer is a leading maritime law practitioner of international reputation and standing. His maritime practice for 30 years has focused primarily on marine groundings, sinkings, fires, collisions and environmental pollution. Starer has lectured and published widely on all aspects of maritime law relating to the prevention and resolution of maritime disasters. He has received high rankings in directories such as The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers and Chambers Global. He was named Leading Shipping Lawyer in the 2004 Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyers. He received his B.S. with honors from the US Merchant Marine Academy, and his J.D. from Albany Law School Union University. He was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame at the United Nations in May 2002.

    Douglas R. Burnett is involved in many aspects of maritime law practice and his clients include major telecommunications companies with international cable issues and major energy companies in disputes involving transportation, commodity contracts and admiralty claims involving petroleum products, LNG/LPG, deep water ports and ocean terminals. He is an international law adviser to the International Cable Protection Committee, an international organization of more than 80 administrations and commercial companies in more than 40 countries that own or operate in the international submarine cable network. Burnett has testified before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is a frequent lecturer and author, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. He received his B.A. from the US Naval Academy and his J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law.

    Juan A. Anduiza is an experienced trial lawyer who handles commercial and maritime arbitrations and trials and is also involved with multinational commercial transactions. He has been involved in maritime-related matters ranging from casualties to the detention of vessels. Anduiza is expected to help expand Squire Sanders’ Latin America practice in commercial and maritime issues. He received his B.A. from Pace University and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

    Founded in 1890, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. has lawyers in 32 offices in 15 countries around the world. With one of the strongest integrated global platforms and a longstanding one-firm philosophy, Squire Sanders provides sophisticated seamless legal counsel worldwide. Offices in the Americas are located in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Palo Alto, Phoenix, San Francisco, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tysons Corner, Washington DC, West Palm Beach, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, Santo Domingo and São Paulo. In Europe, offices are in Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Frankfurt, Kyiv, London, Moscow, Prague and Warsaw. In Asia, offices are in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Associated firms are in Bucharest, Buenos Aires, Dublin and Santiago.


    Drez Jennings
    Media Relations Manager
    Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.

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